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Is there anything like FileVault in iOS?


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Hey Guys,
I am not an encryption/decryption expert by any means, so I was just wondering if someone who knows about this could help me out?

I need to ensure that the information on my iPad is encrypted due to the nature of information I have for work. Does iOS already do this to some level? is there anything like FileVault built into iOS to encrypt the data? If not, are there any third party apps or programs which I can get to do this?

I did some searching on Google and could not find exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks in advance.

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Not that I'm aware.

If you have info that sensitive, I suggest you subscribe to mobileme just for the capability of remotely wiping the device. You can typically grab it at Amazon for $65-70.

And naturally, set a passcode lock.

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You don't need to purchase MobileMe to get the remote wipe - Find my iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch is free (see here) and has the wipe option. I just set it up with my new 4G iPod Touch and it works like a charm (the finding part does - I haven't tried the wipe option).

If I'm reading this correctly (see page 3), all data on the iPad is encrypted. Now, that seems to imply that all data created by included applications is encrypted and not necessarily what is created by third party applications unless they've made use of the proper APIs. I'll let you take a look through that yourself.

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Nice find van.

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I read it the same way. Indeed, that's a great find.
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It was a new one for me too.

I wouldn't have know about it if I didn't just purchase a new iPod. When I plugged it in, I was informed of it in iTunes just before it started syncing things over. I had, like you, figured you had to have MM but apparently you don't which is nice. I think I may have heard about this a while ago but I probably ignored it as part of the continuing rumour that MM is going to become free "anytime now" .

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Van, perfect. Thank you very much for that info. I found it very helpful and was exactly what I was looking for.

As for the MM, I have it. So i can remotely wipe it, but it is good to know this 256-bit AES encoding is on the iPad.

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To be sure, I'd bring it to your IT department/guy at work and double check that it meets all the necessary criteria for security.

You may also want to take a look at this. Never used it here but it looks like it might be helpful.

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To be sure, I'd bring it to your IT department/guy at work and double check that it meets all the necessary criteria for security.

You may also want to take a look at this. Never used it here but it looks like it might be helpful.
That is exactly what I am doing. I wanted to have the info before I went in to talk to them about it. I cannot even use the iPad until I get the go ahead from the encryption experts anyway.

That safe seems like a decent place to keep a few files and whatnot, same 256-AES which is good. Thanks for the find.

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There is also 1password - which is from the same guys that make 1password for the Mac.
1Password for iPad for iPad on the iTunes App Store
It can sync data over wifi with the 1password on your Mac. So far so good for me - on both the Mac and the iPad.
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I have 1password and I really like it. It makes a few everyday tasks very easy to do on the iPad (such as signing into forums)

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One thing I found useful on my Ipod touch is...you can store .pdf's.

In the ibookshelf, right?

Well, on the Mac you can also save docs in Pages as encrypted .pdfs.

I loaded one on the touch and it transferred. It even popped open the dialogue to unlock it. Only thing I could not figure was how to close it back up.

But if you never open it, you can leave it stored unopened.

What i have found this is good for is storing hiring documentation. I'm a contractor and people find me on the net for consulting gigs. Some times it goes down pretty quick. I can just forward the hiring company a doc that has some pre-filled out W4's, IDs, direct deposit setup info...just the type of stuff you don't want on anything steal-able and mobile that can grow legs.

So, its password protected. When you're sure who you're dealing with, send them the file and tell them to call you when they get it. When they do, give them the password and they can pop the doc open and get rolling on your start date. You don't have to worry while its on your ipod, ipad, iphone, whatever, or if the email is somehow intercept-able on the net. It doenst get unlocked till it lands where its supposed to.

That's one solution, I just wish they'd figure out a protocol to handle Mac .dmg files.
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